Letters Apologies and legal liability

Saying sorry is not the same as admitting legal liability

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b520 (Published 10 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b520
  1. John Holden, medicolegal adviser1
  1. 1Medical Defence Union, London SE1 8PJ
  1. boyalld{at}the-mdu.com

    According to Minerva,1 the Canadian Medical Protective Association advises: “an admission of error made during an apology could be admissible during subsequent legal proceedings.” But doctors apologising after mistakes in the United Kingdom can rest assured that saying sorry is …

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